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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Tasmania

Road Trip - Tasmania

Road Trip - Tasmania


The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Tasmania

Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo – Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students.


Fun Facts about Tasmania:

Tasmania (Also known as Tassie or Tas.) is the only island state of Australia. It is located 240 km to the south of Australian mainland, separated by the Bass Strait. Composed by the main island of Tasmania and the 334 surrounding islands.

We will start and finish our trip at the city of Hobart. The most populated city of the territory with 221000 inhabitants.

The 42% of the territory is protected areas.


Planning your road trip:

The best way to move around the island is by a car so you should rent a camper van and then you will save the money on the accommodation.

The best route is travelling through the region from South to East and then North to West. This trip will take about 7 days and 1800 km.  The trip will be composed by 7 stages, one for each day of the travel.  You will be able to see most of the interesting places of the island.

Tasman Peninsula and Freycinet National Park:


  • Road trip: 255 km
  • Start- finish point: Hobart airport – Mayfield Bay Camping
  • Must-see: Richmond bridge, Devils Kitchen, Blow Hole, Port Arthur and the Historical Penitentiary


  • 230 km
  • Start-finish point: Mayfield Bay camping – Jeanneret Beach camping
  • Must-see: Spiky Bridge, Devil’s Corner Farm View, Freycinet National Park and at last Bicheno and its Blowhole.

Bay of Fires, North Coast and Cradle Mountain National Park:

STAGE 3 (300 km)

  • Start – finish point: Jeannerete Beach camping – Liffey Falls camping
  • Must see: The Gardens, Binalong Bay, Halls Waterfalls, Derby, Launceston and Cataract Gorge Reserve, Grindelwald Swiss Village and the Liffey Falls

STAGE 4 (298 km)

  • Start – finish point: Liffey Falls camping – Burnie
  • Must see: Devonport, Penguin Road, Table Cape Lighthouse, Tollymore Road and The Nut in Stanley

STAGE 5 (407 km)

  • Start – finish point: Burnie – Ellendale (Russell Falls)
  • Must see: Cradle Mountain and any of its paths like the 6 km pathway that surrounds the Dove Lake, Queenstown, Horsetail Falls and Nelson Falls

Bruny Island and Hobart:

STAGE 6 (226 km)

  • Start – finish point: Ellendale – Camping on The Neck (Bruny Island)
  • Must see: Russell Falls, The Neck Lookout and its camping and beach and the Lighthouse on the South side
  • You’ll have to take a ferry from Kettering to get to the island. It costs $33 AUS and $38 AUS in peak season

STAGE 7 (75 km)

  • Start – finish point: Bruny Island – Hobart
  • Must see: Salamanca Place and Market, MONA, Mount Wellington

Where to party:

  • Hobart: Rektango (Fridays from 5:30pm to 7:30) a music festival that changes every week


*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

Upcoming articles:

  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia
  • Road Trip – Perth

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The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Uluru (Ayers Rock)



The Ultimate Australian Road Trip – Uluru (Ayers Rock)


Option 1: Brisbane to Uluru

Written by Cristian & Fernando – BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

Road trip from Brisbane to Uluru with a camper trailer.
It will cost you between $300-$400 in petrol (fuel), each way.
Distance: 3.272 km

Route: You can drive to Uluru from Sydney in 3 days in an ordinary 2WD car.

  • Get on the M3 from Edward St and Alice St
  • Take National Highway 15, Cunningham Hwy, Newell Hwy/A39 and B76 to Castlereagh Hwy/Fox St/B55 in Walgett
  • Merge onto M3
  • Take Cumberdoon Way, Carinda Rd, Buckiinguy Rdand Colane Rd to Mitchell Hwy/Pangee St/A32 in Nyngan
  • Continue on A32. Take National Highway A87 to Lasseter Hwy/State Route 4 in Ghan
  • Follow State Route 4 to your destination in Petermann.

When is the best time to visit Uluru?

That depends on what you want to do.

If you just want to see Ayers Rock and take a few photographs of the Uluru sunrise or sunset, you can visit at any time of the year.

If you want to climb Uluru or do any of the walks around
Ayers Rock or Kata Tjuta, then the cooler months of the year (May to September) are the best.

Safety Tips and Other Advice

Driving to Ayers Rock is safe, however there’s a few outback driving safety tips we’d like to share with you.

  • Fatigue kills. It is five and a half hours drive from Alice Springs to Uluru. You MUST stop and rest every two hours for 15 min.
  • Animals kill. Camels and cattle (cows) roam freely on the Lasseter Hwy. Be alert and slow down when you see them. Hitting cattle at night is the most common cause of tourist fatalities on the Lasseter Highway.
  • Speed kills. Slow down. The speed limit is 110km/h for a reason.
  • Don’t drive at night. Kangaroos, cattle and camels are active at night. A collision with one could be fatal.
  • Overtake only when you have a long, clear straight. Leave three times extra space if you’re overtaking a road train. They are up to 55 metres long!


Option 2: Gold Coast > Sydney > Melbourne > Uluru

Written by Sayo and Jihoon (one) – BROWNS Intensive General English (B2 level) students

We are planning to go Uluru. So we made a plan to go there.
Our total travel days is a minimum of 8 days.
Total cost is almost AU$1100.


  • G.C (1day)
    Currumbin > Byron Bay
  • Sydney (2 days)
    -Opera house > Bondi Beach
  • Melbourne (2 days)
    -Great Ocean Road – Saint Paul’s Cathedral
  • Uluru (2 days)
    – Night view
    – Sunrise, sunset
    – land, camels


G.C >Sydney (Plane) Sydney >Melbourne (Tram, Bus) Melbourne >Uluru (camping car)

First, we take a bus to Currumbin. Go to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. We can take a photo with a koala. Next we take a bus to go Byron bay > Go to Gold Coast Airport.
Second, we arrive in Sydney. We take the bus to go to the Opera house, Bondi Beach. We stay in a hotel for 2 days.
Third, we are in Melbourne. Here, we are going to the Great Ocean Road, Saint Paul’s Cathedral. We stay here for 2 days.
Last, finally we arrive at Uluru!
We rent a camping car. We can see great night view, sunrise, sunset. We sleep in the camping car.

Total cost:
Plane – $100 (One way) Bus, tram – $30
Hotel – $200 (One day) Food– $300 (One person) Camel tour– $80 (One person) Camping car- From $1 per day + petrol (fuel)

How to get a camping car/van from $1 per day:

Relocation cars and campervans may be available from various locations around Australia for one-way rentals. There are a variety of websites that you can check. Here are a few:

We have to drive long times.
So we need to change driver. If someone tired, one person should take a rest.


*This article was written by BROWNS students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.


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  • Information about New South Wales & ACT
  • Road trip from Sydney to Cairns

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Gold Coast Junior Camp – Week One



Gold Coast Junior Camp – Week One


Morning: We welcomed all the new students, played some games & got to know each other.

Afternoon: Mini Golf at King Tutt’s Putt Putt in Surfers Paradise.



Morning: Students learned about Daily Routines & used the Present Simple Tense to talk about them.

Afternoon: Sci-Fi movie afternoon with popcorn.



Morning: Students learned animal vocabulary & read about different kinds of animals such as: reptiles, mammals, marsupials, birds, fish & amphibians. Students gave a short class presentation in pairs about one of the animals.

Afternoon: WILDRANGERS came to school & students had the opportunity to see & touch some of the animals we learned about in class this morning. All animals were native to Australia & there were plenty of photo ops.



Morning: Australian geography & general knowledge today. Students learned the states & territories, about famous Aussies, landmarks & tourist attractions.

Afternoon: Lots of fun was had at TIMEZONE riding the dodgem cars, playing Laser Tag & playing unlimited video games.



Morning: Students studied the vocabulary of sports, hobbies & games & grammar play/go/do to use while talking about them.

Afternoon: Sports Day at the Broadwater Parklands. Students enjoyed Beach Volleyball by the sea.



All day excursion to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Students saw koalas, patted kangaroos, enjoyed a birds of prey & an Aboriginal cultural show. The Rainbow Lorikeets were a colourful & noisy highlight.


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Intensive General English Themed Active8



Intensive General English Themed Active8

(CRICOS Course Code:076222B)

Your study outcomes will soon determine your Intensive General English Active8 subjects with our new Themed Active8 lessons.

What’s changing?

  • Only Active8 classes will be changing (afternoon skills classes)
  • From July 2018 we will be introducing Themed Active8 lessons
  • When new students arrive at BROWNS on their first day, a personalised study plan will allow them to be placed in one of or even a mix of the following Themed Active8 classes*:
  • AUSSIE (available for all English levels) – focuses on Australian culture, everyday communication including local excursions
  • ACADEMIC (available for Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate) – taster for full courses
  • BUSINESS/HOSPITALITY (Available for Upper Intermediate and Advanced) – focuses on language and soft skills for workforce in Australia and globally.
  • Functional will be moved to Monday afternoon and Pronunciation will be Thursday afternoon

* Stream is subject to availability and capacity.

What’s staying the same?

  • CORE/Morning classes will remain the same. Morning classes use a textbook and build your CORE skills.
  • Students are placed into different Active8 classes depending on their level for each skill (see sample timetable)
  • IGE students will be placed onto one of our three Schedules


Juan arrives at BROWNS and takes the BROWNS Online Placement Test.
Here are his results:

ACTIVE8 Skills Class English Proficiency 
Functional Pre-Intermediate
Vocabulary & Reading Pre-Intermediate
Writing Intermediate
Grammar Upper Intermediate
Pronunciation Upper Intermediate
Listening & Speaking Intermediate


We don’t want to place Juan in Intermediate for all his classes therefore in the afternoon Juan will go into a different class according to his level.

For each of these skills classes, Juan can choose an Active8 Theme.
– For his Pre-Intermediate classes he can choose from Aussie or Academic*
– For his Intermediate classes he can choose from Aussie or Academic*
– For his Upper-Intermediate classes he can choose from Aussie or Business/Hospitality*

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“I got 8.0 in the IELTS Exam ” – Adrian Weber

8.0 in the IELTS Exam


“I got 8.0 in the IELTS Exam ” – Adrian Weber


Congratulations to Adrian Weber from Germany on achieving amazing IELTS Exam results. Here’s what Adrian had to say about our  IELTS Exam Preparation program and how he got 8.0 in the IELTS Exam:

“The BROWNS IELTS Exam Preparation program helped me to take my English skills to the next level and achieve an overall score of 8.0 with a band score of 7.0 for writing.

The mock tests and the detailed feedback each Monday gave me a great understanding of the IELTS structure and marking criteria.

After attending the course for 10 weeks, I really felt that I was fully prepared on test day and was able to achieve the score I needed to be accepted into a Master’s degree next year.”


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